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by BattleMoose
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)
Replies: 20
Views: 6836

Re: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)

Just to be clear. In South Africa at least, there are many national parks and game reserves, which pursue the well being of the wild life populations and profit hugely from tourism. I have been to some of them, my family much more so. Trophy hunting does not happen at these places. There are farmers...
by BattleMoose
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)
Replies: 20
Views: 6836

Re: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)

It is worth pointing out that some countries have taken to ecotourism and recognized the value of animals goes beyond trophies. You have got to be kidding? Eco-tourism is a huge industry in South Africa, specifically safari and the viewing of wildlife. And as I explained before, much of this trophy...
by BattleMoose
Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)
Replies: 20
Views: 6836

Re: Zimbabwe Citizen: We don't cry for Lions (Cecil OpEd)

This outrage about Cecil is just bizarre. Lion are not endangered and have a great environment in Kruger National Park, just one of many national parks in Africa, nearly 20000 square kilometers. In many instances farmers have stopped raising cattle or crops and have instead started to raise wildlife...
by BattleMoose
Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 10992

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

While its true that there are some locations really don't have to worry about water consumption (NZ) its generally not true. We still worry, I was under water use restrictions summer before last. You get over 6 metres of rainfall in a substantial section of the country! Even on the north island you...
by BattleMoose
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 10992

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

Well I think its established that context really does matter. I think its generally a good idea for people to have an idea, comparatively, of the water content of their foods. I have generally lived in arid countries, South Africa and now Australia, water resources are just an issue. There is some l...
by BattleMoose
Mon Aug 03, 2015 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 10992

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

That aside, I stand by my statement that on a global scale, that is, recognizing that we can transport food around the globe at extremely low costs, water shortages are not a major issue, and water usage should not be a significant factor in calculating the environmental impact of your diet. Ummm, ...
by BattleMoose
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 10992

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

While its true that there are some locations really don't have to worry about water consumption (NZ) its generally not true. And as populations keep growing the demand on water resources are increasing, everywhere and its going to become more of an issue, everywhere. In the past droughts were much m...
by BattleMoose
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 10992

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

My point is that you can't necessarily assume that 110g of almond milk has the same carbon footprint as 110g of almonds. Presumably 110g of milk does have the same footprint as 110g of milk. And 110g of milk and 110g of almonds aren't comparable either. They have the same mass and that's it. EDIT: ...
by BattleMoose
Sun Aug 02, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 10992

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

Its not the greatest chart, but its something, gives a reasonable idea. I would have preferred it be done by calories instead of mass but there it is. You can also complain about the water weight of milk because, mostly water.
by BattleMoose
Thu Jul 23, 2015 11:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

That article that you posted doesn't even mention Greece at all... Yes of course Greece borrowed and spent too much - however not out of line with many other EU countries Just no. Greek borrowing was outrageous between 1980 and 1995. http://dbfchicago.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Greek_debt_and_EU...
by BattleMoose
Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

What you're conveniently overlooking is that this whole crisis was caused by wealth-owners getting too greedy. A decent portion of Greece's debts was caused by bailing out the banks, and another decent portion was caused by a multi-year recession caused by the banks. And all this time I thought it ...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

Many red states couldn't survive without many blue states giving them handouts year-on-year. Yeah, and they also have the same laws, and social welfare and pensions and have legal and financial institutions that connect them together. The Greek Euro thing is wholly incomparable. Likewise, sometimes...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 22, 2015 7:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

@Sardia, you wrote a lot of words for basically what boils down to, give them money, nsa. I think if you want to attach strings, you need to attach strings that actually do something useful and productive, not just make the problem worse. Austerity at this point has been, and will continue to be, a...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

@Sardia, you wrote a lot of words for basically what boils down to, give them money, nsa. If I had a bucket of money, to give, to reduce suffering, it's not going to Greece. Malaria prevention in the third world will have much greater impact on the quality of life of humans and economies of countrie...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pluto flyby
Replies: 49
Views: 12854

Re: Pluto flyby

Were there more craters than apparent now, and they've been covered/distorted/destroyed by mountain formation/whatever? That is certainly an explanation. But there is no plausible explanation for an internal heat source that could fuel such geologic formations. Its all very puzzling. Possibly they ...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 15, 2015 8:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

Bah. (Well, hopefully you got my point of view from my analogy; An analogy is not meant to be a perfect embodiment of a situation, it is meant to illuminate what a person thinks are the pertinent parts of it. And if I'm equating a person to a country, then thousands dying equates to a person's fles...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

If Greece refuses this offer, over the short term thousands will die. That doesn't happen with cake recipes, and is why the 'doctor' / 'sick patient' analogy works better. Thousands dieing in the short term doesn't happen with unfit people (not sick) running or not running on broken legs either... ...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 15, 2015 6:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

It seems to me that its bad if Greece stays and bad if Greece leaves. Its all bad. For both the EU and Greece. And that the way the deal was constructed, for the EU its almost, equally bad if Greece stays or leaves (of course in many different ways and metrics). So from the EU perspective, Greece i...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

And I think they might be right. And if Greece leaves the EU, that really doesn't seem so bad for the EU countries. They don't have to continuously bail out Greece with more and more billions. And they don't have to worry about paying special attention to Greece as compared to Italy, Spain and Port...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 15, 2015 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

I don't think it was a game of chicken at all. The EU knew Greece had to blink or, didn't really care. Why do you say that? Many commentators have said that Greece's best chance of getting back on its feet inside two decades is to exit the Euro. And I think they might be right. And if Greece leaves...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

I don't think it was a game of chicken at all. The EU knew Greece had to blink or, didn't really care. Generally I tend to agree with the IMFs analysis, only in that they don't have to deal with the political consequences of debt forgiveness. - And it believes that the governance of Greek banks is l...
by BattleMoose
Tue Jul 14, 2015 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14720
Views: 2248718

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

If they pay attention to the conversations we have at our work, we might have some trouble. We are constantly talking about "the bomb". (BOM, bureau of meteorology)
by BattleMoose
Sun Jul 12, 2015 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

While I support all tax and pension reforms and such and I'm not really a financial expert, but the demand of 3.5 % of yearly growth sounds utter lunacy: Slight misunderstanding, but the target is that there should be a budget surplus of 3.5%, that income exceeds expenses but that amount. My opinio...
by BattleMoose
Sat Jul 11, 2015 3:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

Maybe Tsipras wanted the result of the referendum to be "Yes" while pretending to want a no. So he would have a mandate to accept concessions.
by BattleMoose
Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2974201

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Come visit Aus, might be easier, the dermatologists here are all over that skin cancer thing, like pokemon trainers, GOTTA GET THEM ALL!

I went to a dermatologist for something entirely unrelated. While I was there, he was like, let me check your entire body for skin cancers!
by BattleMoose
Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2974201

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Hmm, interesting. Thanks for looking up those statistics. It's interesting how walking gives a me much greater subjective sense of control than cycling, at least in a city, even though that doesn't appear to objectively be the case. On rural roads without a pavement I probably feel a little bit mor...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28396
Views: 2974201

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

And people wonder why I hate doctors. This is my experience every time I have something wrong. It usually takes me multiple years to find a doctor to actually troubleshoot and fix something. I get it, they aren't gods, and they don't know everything, but isn't that why it is a science? You take the...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

You're totally not projecting your emotions on a rational decision that deadbeats countries get to (at least ask) to wipe away debt, while you had to work your ass off to pay off your debts. Or maybe you're the emotional one, getting in the way of a rational discussion. Because you disagree with th...
by BattleMoose
Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

It's not exactly like Greece borrowed a bunch of money, and are now welfare queens who've run out of money. Actually for the period of 1980-2007 that's pretty much how it was. Except, when they ran out of money they could just borrow more. In addition, Germans are under the unrealistic fiction that...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 08, 2015 9:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

According to this, the "haircut" was 100B Euros, and was apparently equivalent to 22%, not 50%. So the holders of the debt, by and large, are not foreign governments. They have not forgiven the debt. Obviously this is not chump change, but it wasn't some big concession by the Troika Actua...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 08, 2015 6:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

Why do you insist that Greeks are responsible adults who we can't turn a blind eye to mistakes. But lenders who fucked up royally and loaned a shit ton of money to Greece can run to Mommy Germany and get tax payers to bail out Greek bonds (which in turn directly flows to the lenders)? Everyone is r...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 08, 2015 5:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

First, countries with economists fail to plan fiscal and monetary policy correctly all the time. And they are professionals and responsible adults and I won't turn a blind eye to their mistakes. If they didn't, we wouldn't have had all those crises from the great depression, to contagion crisis, he...
by BattleMoose
Wed Jul 08, 2015 3:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

I think there is a fair distinction between not being able to repay war reperatations that were forced on you, in the very literal use of the word force. And not being able to repay debt that was willingly borrowed to subsidise a broken fiscal system. I have a huge amount of sympathy for the former ...
by BattleMoose
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

That was my point. Of course nobody's going to lend Greece any more money. But the problem won't be solved by more lending anyway, I think it's pointless to frame the discussion in terms of lending. Greece cannot pay its debts, ever, so why would lending more money and giving them more debts be dis...
by BattleMoose
Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

That was my point. Of course nobody's going to lend Greece any more money. But the problem won't be solved by more lending anyway, I think it's pointless to frame the discussion in terms of lending. Greece cannot pay its debts, ever, so why would lending more money and giving them more debts be dis...
by BattleMoose
Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

To be honest, my concern isn't really the bankers not getting a return on their investment, my concern is the actual ordinary humans who now, through no fault of their own, are completely screwed. This language is just wrong. Bankers make such a convenient target for vitriol. About half of the debt...
by BattleMoose
Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

What I don't quite get is, economically, what is holding back Greece? It's a major player in worldwide shipping, and it has a wealth of culture and islands so it has at least two major sources of tourism. If it's a lack of young workers, which doesn't make sense given double digit unemployment, the...
by BattleMoose
Sun Jul 05, 2015 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

They're blaming the EU and IMF for offering a bailout with stipulated reforms which decreased government revenue, and forced Greece into a economic spiral of self inflicted recessionary policies and new bailouts, instead of admitting that austerity was failing, and that it literally makes no sense ...
by BattleMoose
Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

Greece got screwed over. Yes, but by who? Greek debt went from 20% of GDP to 100% between 1980 and 1995. She was in an untenable situation when the crisis hit and the rest is history. But of course its the EU that orchestrated this nonsense somehow... https://insights.petercam.com/wp-content/upload...
by BattleMoose
Fri Jul 03, 2015 7:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Greek Crisis continues
Replies: 209
Views: 30604

Re: Greek Crisis continues

From what I can tell, Greece was let into the EU based on a fraudulent assessment of its economy. A central currency might be okay for a group of similarly strong economic countries. Even the less economically strong countries survived the GFC okayish. The only real crisis and remains so is Greece, ...

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